Veteran fights addiction with exercise, wants to help others

Anyone may end up using drugs and get addicted to it. When this addiction happens, all the bad thing could take into place as well. For one, it can destroy one’s career and put everything into waste. We have heard celebrities who are addicted to drugs, some of them were able to get out of it, while there are those who totally lost it. And now, here’s a veteran who was once into drugs but was able to escape from it. He is fighting his addiction with exercise and the good thing is, he wants to extend help to others.

exercise_to_fight_addictionIf you saw 34-year-old Adam Holt walking on the UT Austin campus where he goes to grad school, you might notice he’s fit, or that he has a well-groomed beard, or that he’s wearing a shiny Texas A&M ring from his undergrad years. But there’s a lot about him that you can’t see. You can’t see that he served for eight years in the Army with a deployment to Afghanistan. You can’t see that he battled an addiction to drugs (methamphetamine was his drug of choice) from his teenage years onward.

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You can’t see that the addiction drove him to be homeless, jobless and alone in his time after the Army. And you can’t see how his brain is now being rewired for a happier, healthier life — in large part due to exercise.

You may not be able to see them, but all those things are part of him.

Holt was born in San Antonio. He comes from a military family, his grandfather trained the soldiers that were on the boats at Normandy in WWII, his father was a Special Forces surgeon.

Holt remembers struggling with alcohol and marijuana in high school, he said he first began using drugs because he didn’t feel like he fit in socially.

He joined the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M. He didn’t want to follow in his family’s footsteps at first, but he remembers being in Maryland on September 11, and the love he had for his country crystallized in his mind.

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